Located in China's northeastern coastal city of Dalian, this 454-key hotel and serviced apartment tower sits unobstructed overlooking the Yellow Sea to the south and China’s largest public plaza to the north. Reflecting its unique site, the building’s design responds to both its physical and environmental context. The tower’s triangular plan ensures that all rooms receive southern light as well as views of the sea and nearby mountains. Additionally, the triangular form helps mitigate the impact of the area's uniquely high winds, channeling them to the building's northern corners and minimizing the structural impact on the slender tower.
Programmatically, the hotel floors are stacked below the serviced apartment levels, enabling the core to telescope and creating the architectural "portal" on the north facade. Internal circulation is exposed on this face to provide all vestibules with ambient light and views of the park and skyline, while assuring a consistent lighting profile at night.
The tower sits atop a four-level podium that houses several amenities. The main dining facility connects the building physically to its beachfront location while other functions, including the entry plaza and lobby, are elevated to capture commanding views of the bay and adjacent park.
The tower's facade is composed of floor-to-ceiling high-performance glazing to maximize views, and horizontal metallic sunshades are sized for solar protection and privacy. In contrast, the building’s four-level podium is clad in a mixture of warm limestone, stainless steel and high-transparency glass that relates to the scale and materiality of the neighboring residential villas.
The project is designed to LEED standards with a focus on holistic sustainable strategies which reduce the impact of the project on its environment while enhancing the well-being of its inhabitants and surrounding context.
Locally sourced materials were used for the high performing facades, which were custom designed to reduce energy use and maintain internal comfort. A special focus was given to daylight and views, ensuring that all commonly occupied spaces prioritized their relationship to the exterior. Operable windows were included throughout all guest rooms in order to increase user comfort and provide guests with maximum controllability of their environment.
Native plant species were used throughout the landscaping to both celebrate the local climate as well as reduce the requirements for intense upkeep and water consumption. In order to maximize the public open space, all vehicular parking facilities were also constructed underground in order to maximize the open space on the site. Additionally, extensive underground bicycle facilities were included to promote alternative transportation. Public bus transportation is provided directly to the project with an additional employee shuttle designed with preferential access to the employee entry.